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The View From Monday - November 18, 2013


It's Monday. This past weekend I nearly finished Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann. I'm really enjoying it. Unfortunately I had to stop reading just ahead of what I hope will be the exciting conclusion. I think I know what is going to happen, but I'm probably wrong because that would be too obvious. We'll see.

A reminder: The Qwillery is looking for reviewers. If you are interested head to this post to fill out the form.



The View From Monday - November 18, 2013



There are no debuts (that I am aware of) this week.  However there are novels out from formerly featured Debut Author Challenge Authors:

Bloodstone (Rebel Angles 2) by Gillian Phillip;

and

Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin) by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.





November 18, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural (h2tp) Victoria Nelson History and Criticism
Beyond the Rift Peter Watts SF



November 19, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Tyrannia: and Other Renditions Alan DeNiro SF - Collection
The Rapture of the Nerds (h2tp) Cory Doctorow
Charles Stross
SF
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion Jude Fisher F - Movie Tie-In
Temporary Monsters (e) Craig Shaw Gardner UF - Temporary Magic 1
The Orphans' Promise Pierre Grimbert F - Secret of Ji 2
Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War Richard Ellis Preston Jr. SP - Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 2
Dawn of the Aspects Richard A. Knaak F - World of Warcraft
The Great Betrayal Nick Kyme F - Warhammer: Time of Legends
Hercules Fred Van Lente F - Myths and Legends 6
We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth David McIntee SF/Satire
The Severed Tower J. Barton Mitchell F - Conquered Earth 2
Ghosts of Old Edo Miyuki Miyabe H - Apparitions
Watcher of the Dark Joseph Nassise Su/Th - Jeremiah Hung Supernatural Thriller 3
Accidentally Married to...A Vampire? Mimi Jean Pamfiloff PNR - Accidentally Yours 2
Bloodstone Gillian Philip F - Rebel Angels 2
Metatropolis (h2tp) John Scalzi (ed) SF - Anthology
Singer of Souls (e 1st) Adam Stemple UF
Steward of Song (e 1st) Adam Stemple UF
The Curse Keepers Denise Grover Swank H
Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel (e 1st) Ronda Thompson PNR
Doctor Who: Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who Various SF - Doctor Who
Master of Dragons Chris Wraight F - Warhammer: Time of Legends
The Hermetic Millennia (h2tp) John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 2



November 20, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Thirteen Steps in the Underworld: A Tor.Com Original (e) Su-Yee Lin F



November 22, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make Thomas Willeford SP - Crafts


e - eBook
e 1st - First time in digital format
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback

F - Fantasy
H - Horror
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
Su - Supernatural
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Review: Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.


Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
Author:  Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
Series:  The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Publisher:  47North, July 2, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages
List Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:  9781611099188 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.




Trinitytwo's Point of View:

Dashing and daring, Romulus Buckle is the adopted son of Admiral Balthazar Crankshaft, the chief of the Crankshaft clan. He is also the young captain of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, a prize dirigible that he stole from the Imperial Clan. Buckle soars over what was once California, in a post-apocalyptic Earth which was forever changed by an alien assault. This attack polluted Earth’s surface with a noxious gas and caused a climate of endless snow. The many clans of Snow World engage in small skirmishes but are not openly at war. Balthazar, along with the leaders of several other important clans, have been kidnapped during a recent attempt at peace talks. The Crankshaft clan has received intelligence that the clan leaders are being held in the mysterious fortress known as the City of the Founders. A rescue mission has been sanctioned but little is known about the Founders' defenses and much is rumored. Romulus and his loyal crew immediately volunteer even though the odds are slim that they will succeed, let alone survive.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. Yes, I am aware I am emphasizing my point with the dreaded caplock, but I will not offer an apology. This swashbuckling quest set mainly aboard the Pneumatic Zeppelin was so fast paced and exciting, I finished it in one day. Romulus Buckle knows his steam powered airship like the back of his hand and, along with his assorted crew members, made the daring rescue attempt a pleasure. Richard Ellis Preston Jr.’s steampunk adventure is just like riding a great rollercoaster, a little slow going in the beginning, as the author acquainted the reader with the setting, but early on he hit the apex and once the car (or zeppelin in this case) began to accelerate it was pure adrenaline, exhilaration, wind in your face, no holds barred excitement. I was also impressed with the engineering details of the zeppelin. Preston managed to allow me to visualize the complicated workings that seemed mechanically sound without boring me in the slightest. The characters were well written and diverse. I am intrigued to learn more about their mysterious backgrounds as the series unfolds. The tone is jaunty and the novel is not intended for those looking for brooding introspection. Preston is an enthusiastic storyteller, spinning a tale of derring-do. I can’t wait to hop aboard the Pneumatic Zeppelin and take another wild ride in its upcoming adventure: Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War.


Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2013 Winner


The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars winner for July is Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1) by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. with 46% of the votes. Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders was published by 47North on July 2, 2013.  The cover is by Eamon O’Donoghue.



Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2013 Winner





The final results

Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2013 Winner





The July Debut Covers

Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2013 Winner




Thank you to everyone who voted, Tweeted, and participated. The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will continue soon with voting on the August 2013 Debut covers.

2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - July 2013


It's time for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for July 2013!


2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013


Since Cover Wars was so much fun as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge, we're doing it again for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge. Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2013 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US. Cover artist/illustrator information is provided when I have it.



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2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013
Cover Art: Eamon O’Donoghue.





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013





2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars -  July 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts



2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts


There are 9 debuts for July. Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States, not copyright dates or non-US publication dates.

The July debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for your favorite July cover for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.





William Shakespeare's Star Wars®
AuthorIan Doescher
Publisher:  Quirk Books, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 176 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
Genre:  MashUp / Science Fiction (print)
ISBN:  9781594746376

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations--William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.





The Darwin Elevator
Author:  Jason Hough
Series:  The Dire Earth Cycle 1
Publisher:  Del Rey, July 30, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 496 pages
Price:  $9.99 (print)
ISBN978-0-345-53712-6

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Jason M. Hough’s pulse-pounding debut combines the drama, swagger, and vivid characters of Joss Whedon’s Firefly with the talent of sci-fi author John Scalzi.

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.





The Curiosity
AuthorStephen P. Kiernan
Publisher:  William Morrow, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Price:  $25.99 (print)
ISBN:  978-0-06-222106-3 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
A powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds the greatest discovery is love . . .

The Curiosity

Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. As a scientist in a groundbreaking project run by the egocentric and paranoid Erastus Carthage, Kate has brought small creatures—plankton, krill, shrimp—back to life for short periods of time. But the team's methods have never been attempted on larger life-forms.

Heedless of the potential consequences, Carthage orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston and reanimated. The endeavor is named "The Lazarus Project." As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was—is—a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists.

Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. With Carthage planning to exploit Jeremiah while he can, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.

A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller, Stephen P. Kiernan's provocative debut novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity—man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid novelty, as a living being: a curiosity.





Woof at the Door
Series:  A Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
AuthorLaura Morrigan
Publisher:  Berkley, July 2, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780425257197 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.





Three
AuthorJay Posey
Series:  Legends of the Duskwalker 1
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books, July 30, 2013 (US/Canada)
     August 1, 2013 (UK)
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook,
Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780857663634

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Three For All | Apocalyptic Wasteland | A Journey Home | Fear the Weir ]





Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
Author Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
Series:  The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Publisher:  47North, July 2, 2013
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages
Price:  $14.95 (print)
ISBN:   9781611099188

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.





Blood Song
AuthorAnthony Ryan
Series:  Raven's Shadow Trilogy 1
Publisher:   Ace, July 2, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 592 pages
Price:  $27.95 (print)
ISBN:  9780425267691 (print)
(US Debut)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
From “a new master storyteller” comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny…

“The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.






The Age of Ice
AuthorJ. M. Sidorova
Publisher:  Scribner, July 23, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 416 pages
Price:  $26.00 (print)
ISBN:  9781451692716 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
The Empress Anna Ioannovna has issued her latest eccentric order: construct a palace out of ice blocks. Inside its walls her slaves build a wedding chamber, a canopy bed on a dais, heavy drapes cascading to the floor—all made of ice. Sealed inside are a disgraced nobleman and a deformed female jester. On the empress’s command—for her entertainment—these two are to be married, the relationship consummated inside this frozen prison. In the morning, guards enter to find them half-dead. Nine months later, two boys are born.

Surrounded by servants and animals, Prince Alexander Velitzyn and his twin brother, Andrei, have an idyllic childhood on the family’s large country estate. But as they approach manhood, stark differences coalesce. Andrei is daring and ambitious; Alexander is tentative and adrift. One frigid winter night on the road between St. Petersburg and Moscow, as he flees his army post, Alexander comes to a horrifying revelation: his body is immune to cold.

J. M. Sidorova’s boldly original and genrebending novel takes readers from the grisly fields of the Napoleonic Wars to the blazing heat of Afghanistan, from the outer reaches of Siberia to the cacophonous streets of nineteenth-century Paris. The adventures of its protagonist, Prince Alexander Velitzyn—on a lifelong quest for the truth behind his strange physiology—will span three continents and two centuries and bring him into contact with an incredible range of real historical figures, from Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, to the licentious Russian empress Elizaveta and Arctic explorer Joseph Billings.

The Age of Ice is one of the most enchanting and inventive debut novels of the year.





Fiend
AuthorPeter Stenson
Publisher:  Crown, July 9, 2013
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages
Price:  $22.00 (print)
ISBN:   9780770436315 (print)

2013 Debut Author Challenge - July 2013 Debuts
There’s more than one kind of monster.

    When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.
    But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.
    The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.
    And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption…well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it’s a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins.
    But is salvation just another pipe dream?
    Propelled by a blistering first-person voice and featuring a powerfully compelling antihero, Fiend is at once a riveting portrait of addiction, a pitch-black love story, and a meditation on hope, redemption, and delusion—not to mention one hell of a zombie novel.



The View From Monday - July 1, 2013

Happy 1st Monday in July! This is a special month at The Qwillery as we feature authors of Paranormal Cozy Mysteries throughout the month. During this year's Paranormal Cozy Mystery Month (or as we like to call it because it's fun to say - ParaCozyMysMo) we will showcase many of the characters that appear in novels.  You can see our ParaCozyMysMo author list here.


The View From Monday - July 1, 2013


There are a lot of books, etc. out this week including two debuts:

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Woof at the Door (Call of the Wilde Mystery 1)  by Laura Morrigan

and

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1) by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.


You may find a printable PDF of this week's releases here.



July 1, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Threshold of Pleasure (e) Vivi Anna PNR
Hindsight (e) Sarah Belle TTR
The Guardian's Witch (e) Ruth A. Casie PHR
Broken Gates D. T. Dyllin SFR - P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy 2
Feeling Death D. T. Dyllin H - Death Trilogy
Empire of Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 3
Nova War (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 2
Stealing Light (ri) Gary Gibson SF - The Shoal Sequence 1
Keeper of the Dawn Heather Graham PNR - The Keepers L.A. 3
Beautiful Danger Michele Hauf PNR
Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler Rebecca Holden (ed)
Nisi Shawl (ed)
Anthology
The Human Condition (ri) David Moody H/Z - Autumn 4
The Interpretation of Zines: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Fanzines Luis Ortiz NF
Explosion (e) Berinn Rae SFR - Colliding Worlds 3
Mated by Moonlight (e) Jessa Slade PNR
The End of the Dream (ri) Philip Wylie SF
Desperate Magic (e) Rebecca York PHR - The Chronicles of Arandal 3



July 2, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The D'neeran Factor Terry A. Adams SF - Omnibus
Elisha Barber E.C. Ambrose HistF - Dark Apostle 1
Iron Gray Sea (h2mm) Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyerman 7
Storm Surge Taylor Anderson SF - Destroyerman 8
Emerald Isle Barbra Annino PM - Stacy Justice Mystery 4
The Mammoth Book of Black Magic Mike Ashley (ed) F - Anthology
The Wasp Factory: A Novel (e 1st) Iain Banks H
Tarnished and Torn Juliet Blackwell PCM - Witchcraft Mystery 5
Tulle Death Do Us Part Annette Blair PCM - Vintage Magic Mystery 6
This Case Is Gonna Kill Me (h2mm) Phillipa Bornikova UF - Linnet Ellery 1
A Custom-Fit Crime Melissa Bourbon PCM - Magical Dressmaking Mystery 4
MacRieve Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 14
Nightfall (tp2mm) Ellen Connor PNR - Dark Age Dawning 1
Wicked Bronze Ambition Glen Cook F - A Garrett, P.I. 14
A Spy to Die For Kris DeLake SFR - Assassin's Guild
The Emperor's Gift (h2tp) Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Warhammer 40,000: Grey Knights
The Entity Within Cat Devon PNR - Entity 2
Crazy in the Blood Lucienne Diver PNR - Latter-Day Olympians 2
William Shakespeare's Star Wars (D) Ian Doescher SF/MashUp - Star Wars
Cat in a White Tie and Tails Carole Nelson Douglas PCM - Midnight Louie Mystery 22
Underland (e 1st) Mick Farren H - Renquest Quartet 4
On the Razor's Edge Michael Flynn SF - Spiral Arm 4
Ahriman: Exile John French SF - Warhammer 40,000
Night Vision Yasmine Galenorn UF - Indigo Court 4
Under the Same Sky (tp2mm) Genevieve Graham HR w/ PE
Deep Midnight (ri) Heather Graham PNR - Vampires 3
Midnight's Captive Donna Grant PNR - Dark Warriors 6
The Wizard's Mask Ed Greenwood F - Pathfinder Tales:
Forsaken By the Others Jess Haines UF - H & W Investigations 5
Affliction Laurell K. Hamilton UF- Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 22
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (h2tp) Kim Harrison UF - Hollows Collection
The Wicked (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella 5
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013 Edition Rich Horton (ed) SF/F - Anthology
Noah's Boy Sarah A. Hoyt UF - Shifters 3
Biting Oz Mary Hughes PNR - Biting Love 5
The Outcast Prince Shona Husk PNR - Annwyn 1
Thieftaker (h2mm) D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles  1
Thieves' Quarry D. B. Jackson HistF - Thieftaker Chronicles 2
Some Kind of Fairy Tale (h2tp) Graham Joyce F/FT
Wolf in Shadow John Lambshead UF
Deadly Forecast Victoria Laurie PCM - Psychic Eye Mystery
Do You Believe? (e 1st) Ann Lawrence PNR
A Liaden Universe Constellation: Volume I Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe Collection
Enthralled Lora Leigh
Alyssa Day
Meljean Brook
Lucy Monroe
PNR
Dyeing Wishes Molly MacRae PCM - Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery
Fangs for Nothing Erin McCarthy
Kathy Love
PNR
Of Grave Concern Max McCoy PCM - Ophelia Wylde Paranormal Mystery 1
King of Morning, Queen of Day (Kindle e) Ian McDonald F
Beloved Stranger Janet Miller SFR- Gaian
Cold Copper Devon Monk SP - The Age of Steam 3
Warrior's Moon Lucy Monroe PNR - Children of the the Moon 5
The Girl from the Blood Coven (e) Brian Moreland H - Witching House Prequel
Woof at the Door (D) Laura Morrigan PCM - Call of the Wilde Mystery 1
Fate of Worlds (h2mm) Larry Niven
Edward M. Lerner
SF - Known Space / Ringworld 5
Guardian Nancy Northcott PNR - Protector 3
Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (D) Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. SP - Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
Seawitch (h2mm) Kat Richardson UF - Greywalker 7
The Skates (e) Mark Rigney H
The Master of All Desires (ri) Judith Merkle Riley F
A Cursed Embrace Cecy Robson UFR - Weird Girls 2
Vicious Moon Lee Roland PNR - Earth Witches 3
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse Diana Rowland UF - White Trash Zombie 3
The Initiate Brother Duology Sean Russell F
Blood Song (US D) Anthony Ryan F - Raven's Shadow 1
Degrees of Wrong Anna Scarlett SF
Split at the Seams Yolanda Sfetsos UF - Sierra Fox 2
Stronghold Maynard Sims H
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde Michael A. Stackpole F - World of Warcraft
Neptune's Brood Charles Stross SF
Werewolf in Alaska Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 5
Dire Desires Stephanie Tyler PNR - Eternal Wolf Clan 5
Lover Revealed (Hardcover) J.R. Ward PNR - Black Dagger Brotherhood 4
Hungry Like a Wolf Christine Warren PNR - Others 8
Beginnings David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 6
The Thousand Names Django Wexler F - The Shadow Campaigns 1
The Dirty Streets of Heaven Tad Williams UF - Bobby Dollar 1



July 3, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Ministry of Changes: A Tor.Com Original (e) Marissa K. Lingen SF



July 4, 2013
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Rustblind and Silverbright - A Slipstream Anthology of Railway Stories David Rix (ed) Slipstream - Anthology


D - Debut
e - eBook
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


F - Fantasy
FT - Fairy Tale
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HR - Historical Romance
NF - Non Fiction
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
TTR - Time Travel Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Z - Zombies

Guest Blog by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr., author of Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders - June 6, 2013


Please welcome Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. to The Qwillery as part of the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders will be published on July 2, 2013.



Guest Blog by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr., author of Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders - June 6, 2013



ROMULUS BUCKLE, STEAMPUNK AND THE FEMALE SWASHBUCKLER

Hi everyone! My name is Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. and I am a newly published author. I’d like to thank Sally for giving me the opportunity to do a guest blog on the venerable Qwillery—I am thrilled! My steampunk adventure novel, “Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders,” comes out from 47North on July 2nd, 2013. It is the first installment in my Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series. Book two, “Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War,” hits both the wooden and digital bookshelves on November 19th, 2013. My agent pitched the series as a ‘steampunk Pirates of the Caribbean’ and I think that is accurate as far as tone, although later books will plunge into much darker territory—both story-wise and character-wise—than the current film series does. This series is an ode to the great adventure films, to the fun Saturday afternoon movie serials, to the legacy of Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Indiana Jones. The story takes place 300 years after an alien invasion and near-complete annihilation of earth (a few aliens, generically referred to as ‘Martians,’ live among the small populations of surviving earthlings: the Martians are zebra-striped but essentially humanoid). The world is locked in a new ice-age where electricity no longer functions, and the human race is rising once again, powered by steam engines, taking on a Victorian style and ethos (there are reasons for this, too complicated to get into here.) The series revolves around the adventures of a war zeppelin crew, led by Captain Romulus Buckle, Lieutenant Sabrina Serafim and Lieutenant Max (a female Martian). In the first book, the crew must brave alien beasties, miasmas of poisonous gas, forgewalkers and a minefield of other obstacles to rescue their clan leader, Balthazar, from the prison of the powerful Founders clan who kidnapped him.

What is steampunk? That is a common question. It is a recently recognized and labeled subgenre of science fiction, one which tends to focus on the Victorian/Edwardian era and fantastic worlds powered by steam engines. I would argue that this steampunk ‘time zone’ embraces a wider swath of history (it can be plugged in anywhere, really – mine is set in the far future) and tends to take place between the late 18th century and the end of the First World War. This time period provides ripe fuel for the storyteller: the industrial age vs. agriculture; exploration vs. colonialism; man vs. machine; Darwinism vs. religion; female repression vs. female suffrage; ideal love vs. hedonism, and on and on. Science, technology and medicine took huge strides forward during this time, accelerating towards the beginning of the 20th century, and the western world believed that mankind (and womankind) was finally on its way to achieving its utopian potential—until the Great War shattered this illusion, and cast our forefathers into a deep and bitter disillusionment which still clings to us today.

Now—on to Romulus, Sabrina and Max. Two of my three main characters are female and I experience great enjoyment writing for them. Sabrina and Max are professional zeppelineers, swashbucklers, young but highly experienced and capable. Both are brave, loyal and profoundly damaged. The girls are as deadly as the boys in a fight—pistols or swords—and they command the respect of their brawny, pied and independent crew. Max and Sabrina are orphans (their father, Balthazar, has adopted them along with six others, including Romulus) and their personal histories are tragic, complicated, and … secret. My world is one where the sexes operate on an equal footing, though the Victorian-veneered males are still very male and Victorian-veneered females still very female. When earth was destroyed and humanity was fighting to survive, the women stepped into place alongside the men in the firing lines and have never left. The elevation of women to combat roles during times of extreme peril is a common phenomenon throughout the histories of human societies (Soviet Russia during the Nazi invasion, for example). I wanted to write strong women, real people with their own talents and flaws. Love stories will emerge as the series progresses—and something of a love triangle between Romulus, Sabrina and Max—but my women (and Romulus) do not seek romantic love for personal fulfillment; it sneaks up and traps them unexpectedly, as it does to so many of us, and since they are youngsters (Max’s age is unknown, but they are all essentially new adults) they make the same heady, blind, love-twisted mistakes we all make as youths. But the trials and tribulations of romance do not appear until much later in the series. For now, my females are hosts to all manner of hopes, obsessions and fears, leaping from zeppelin to zeppelin, sword in teeth, fighting for the people and dreams they hold most dear.





About The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
47North, July 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages

Guest Blog by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr., author of Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders - June 6, 2013
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.




Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 2
47North,  November 19, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

Guest Blog by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr., author of Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders - June 6, 2013
The frozen wasteland of Snow World—known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization—is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom.

Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a nearly suicidal assault on the Founders’ prison city to rescue key military leaders, both the steam-powered airship and its crew are bruised and battered. Yet there’s little time for rest or repairs: Founders raids threaten to shatter the fragile alliance Buckle has risked everything to forge among the clans.

Even as he musters what seems a futile defense in the face of inevitable war, Buckle learns that the most mysterious clan of all is holding his long-lost sister in a secret base—and that she holds the ultimate key to victory over the Founders. But rescuing her means abandoning his allies and praying they survive long enough for there to be an alliance to return to.




The fabulous covers for the Romulus Buckle novels are by Eamon O’Donoghue.





About Richard 

Guest Blog by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr., author of Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders - June 6, 2013



Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. is fascinated by the steampunk genre, which he sees as a unique storytelling landscape. Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders is the first installment in his new steampunk series, The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin. Richard has also written for film and television. He lives in California.



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2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013



2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the 3 newest featured authors for the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.



Mark T. Barnes

The Garden of Stones
Echoes of Empire 1
47North, May 21, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 506 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013
An uneasy peace has existed since the fall of the Awakened Empire centuries ago. Now the hybrid Avān share the land with the people they once conquered: the star-born humans; the spectral, undead Nomads; and what remains of the Elemental Masters.

With the Empress-in-Shadows an estranged ghost, it is the ancient dynasties of the Great Houses and the Hundred Families that rule. But now civil war threatens to draw all of Shrīan into a vicious struggle sparked by one man’s lust for power, and his drive to cheat death.

Visions have foretold that Corajidin, dying ruler of House Erebus, will not only survive, but rise to rule his people. The wily nobleman seeks to make his destiny certain—by plundering the ruins of his civilization’s past for the arcane science needed to ensure his survival, and by mercilessly eliminating his rivals. But mercenary warrior-mage Indris, scion of the rival House Näsarat, stands most powerfully in the usurper’s bloody path. For it is Indris who reluctantly accepts the task of finding a missing man, the only one able to steer the teetering nation towards peace.





Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin 1
47North, July 2, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 456 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013
In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.





Jason Sheehan

A Private Little War
47North, June 11, 2013
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 374 pages

2013 Debut Author Challenge Update - April 27, 2013
He felt something in his belly twist up like cold fingers curling into a fist. This is it, he’d thought. This is when it all goes bad…

Private “security” firm Flyboy, Inc., landed on the alien planet of Iaxo with a mission: In one year, they must quash an insurrection; exploit the ancient enmities of an indigenous, tribal society; and kill the hell out of one group of natives to facilitate negotiations with the surviving group—all over 110 million acres of mixed terrain.

At first, the double-hush, back-burner project seemed to be going well. With all the advantages they had going for them—a ten-century technological lead on the locals, the logistical support of a shadowy and powerful private military company, and aid from similar outfits already on the ground—a quick combat victory seemed reasonable. An easy-in, easy-out mission that would make them very, very rich.

But the ancient tribal natives of Iaxo refuse to roll over and give up their planet. What was once a strategic coup has become a quagmire of cost over-runs and blown deadlines, leaving the pilots of Flyboy, Inc., on an embattled distant planet, waiting for support and a ride home that may never come….

The debut novel from acclaimed, James Beard Award–winning food critic Jason Sheehan, A Private Little War is the dark tale of a deadly war being waged in secrecy—and the struggle to stay sane in a world that makes no sense. A Catch-22 for a new generation, A Private Little War is sure to become a science fiction classic.




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